Leave Ohio Behind

Story Behind The Song

After leaving Ohio as a young man to start a new life for myself, this song pretty much wrote itself.

Song Description

This is not a knock on Ohio at all - it's a story-song about leaving home to begin a new life. A combination of Keith Urban and Brad Paisley Southern/Country Rock with Eagles-like harmonies. The dream of hitting the hightway, starting over, and maybe finding new love along the way with the change of scenery. This song has a sing-along chorus and plenty of driving kicks.

Song Length 4:08 Genre Country - Rock, Rock - Americana
Tempo Medium (111 - 130) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood In High Spirits, Cheerful Subject Highway, Street, Road, Searching for Love
Similar Artists Keith Urban, The Eagles Era 2000 and later

Lyrics

Drivin' down an open highway, I think about the things I've done.
Searchin' for a new life somewhere, settin' my sights on the sun.
I'm leavin' my place in Cleveland, bound for 'round Mexico.
And I'll be right on down to settle in a quiet border town.
Gonna find myself a Senorita...and leave Ohio behind!
I'll leave O-hi-hi-hi-hi-o behind.
I'll leave O-hi-hi-hi-hi-o behind.

Road signs and telephone lines. Don't even have a place to stay.
Reminds me of a blue-eyed girl I passed along the way.
No one's ever gonna find my tracks, I'm gonna cover them with time.
And I'll be there tomorrow -nothing in the world can change my mind.
Gonna find myself a Senorita...and leave Ohio behind!
I'll leave O-hi-hi-hi-hi-o behind.
I'll leave O-hi-hi-hi-hi-o behind.

Road signs. Telephone lines. Don't even have a place to stay.
Reminds me of a blue-eyed girl I passed along the way.
I'm leavin' my place in Cleveland, bound for 'round Mexico.
And I'll be there tomorrow - nothing in the world can change my mind.
Gonna find myself a Senorita.........and leave Ohio behind!
I'll leave O-hi-hi-hi-hi-o behind.
I'll leave O-hi-hi-hi-hi-o behind.
I'll leave O-hi-hi-hi-hi-o behind.
I'll leave O-hi-hi-hi-hi-o behind.

Couldn't help but give this maximum points , it's such an easy listen . Very much in the Jim Webb / Glen Cambell style to my ears , nothing wrong with that !
Chorus is great , overall a job well done , plus top marks for musicianship and vocals . Well done !

A solid rock/country song with a great hook. Well performed and produced with nice stereo acoustic guitars and electric lead, solid bass and drums with interesting fills and breaks. Great backing vocal harmonies.

This is fresh, engaging and sounds completely professional which I imagine it is. The recording is top notch, very well balanced and blended into a warm cohesive whole. The lead vocal is very strong, with immaculate pitching, and good variety of tone and expression, to match the lyrics. The musicians are great, with each element serving its purpose exactly, and skilled craftsmanship in the performances. Lyrics are rhythmical and appealing and the hook is very catchy.

Excellent arrangement, everything sounds very professional! Great use of phrasing, spacing out the words, very catchy hook, love the harmonics. Vocals are very smooth,good pitch and tone. Versus have nice melody and flow. Instrumental break was well done. Everything fits, sounds great!

Honestly, if Ohio has a songwriter like this, they ought to stop him at the border and not let him leave their state. This is a well-crafted, crazy-fun-catchy song that really rang my chimes. The chorus is one of the best hooks I've heard on Broadjam for a long time. I love the way he goes up on Senorita. Fantastic band performance, love the leads and breaks. This song definitely has commercial appeal, but all that aside, it's just a great, singable, danceable terrific song. Bravo times five!

Lyrics Robert P. Birthisel Music Robert P. Birthisel
Producer Robert P. Birthisel Publisher Worldwide Birthisel Publishing (ASCAP)

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